Sunday 22 April 2018

Game of Thrones showrunners hint TV show spoils plot of upcoming George RR Martin novel

Shireen Baratheon
Shireen Baratheon
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

As Game of Thrones season 5 gears up for its final instalment next week, it seems the TV show has finally spoiled a plot line of George RR Martin's future books.


It was only a matter of time before the show started to overtake the books and the showrunners have hinted that the latest episode of the HBO series featured a plot twist from Martin's upcoming sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The shocking death of Stannis Baratheon's daughter Shireen in The Dance of Dragons episode came from the author, according to David Benioff and DB Weiss.

"When George first told us about this, it was one of those moments when I remember looking at Dan and I was just like, 'Ugh, it's so horrible, and so good in a story sense because it all comes together'," Benioff said.

"It's really all come to this. There's been so much talk about King's Blood and the power of King's Blood, and it all leads ultimately, fatally, to Shireen's sacrifice. It's one of the most horrible moments we've shocked just in terms of the emotion."

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While Shireen was alive in Martin's last book it remains to be seen whether the author will mirror the TV show and kill her off in The Winds of Winter.

However, some fans are not best pleased that the TV show may have spoiled their enjoyment of the next book.

Benioff and Weiss have expressed their reluctance to spoil the books, but Benioff said, "We're stuck between a rock and a heard place.  The show must go on, and that's what we're going to do."

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